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Here Lies Henry

Here Lies Henry On the surface Here Lies Henry is just one more in a seemingly infinite series of confessional one-man shows, the evidence of our narcissistic age. But this is a solo show with a difference. For one, the man who bares his soul–Henry Tom Gallery–is the fictional creation of Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor. […]

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Oriental Elegy

Oriental Elegy An astonishingly beautiful and hypnotic 1996 video by Alexander Sokurov, most of it in black and white, but with brief patches in color and sepia. Basically it’s a 45-minute mood piece with a disembodied narrator who moves through a village on a remote Japanese island that’s wreathed in mist; the music consists of […]

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The Straight Dope

My question to you is whether individuals have any rights to the airspace above the land they own. Can I, for example, declare the space above my house a no-flight zone (I know that it would be virtually impossible to enforce this), or can this only be done on a national level? –Dawood Salam, Toronto, […]

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Powers of Subtraction

Arturo Herrera at the Renaissance Society, through February 22 Gary Cannone: Once Removed, Twice Removed at Loyola University Chicago Crown Center, through February 27 Wolfgang Laib: You Will Go Somewhere Else at the Arts Club, through April 4 By Fred Camper Last month I met a friend at a usually superb contemporary exhibition space in […]

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High Infidelity

Other Voices, Other Rooms 7 Directed by David Rocksavage Written by Sara Flanigan and Rocksavage With Lothaire Bluteau, Anna Thomson, David Speck, April Turner, and Frank Taylor. By Jonathan Rosenbaum I cannot tell a lie: my first exposure to two great tragic novels, Nathanael West’s Miss Lonelyhearts (1933) and William Faulkner’s The Sound and the […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 2/13 – Thursday 2/19 FEBRUARY By Cara Jepsen 13 FRIDAY Tennessee Williams’s play A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur takes place in a tiny apartment on a spring morning in 1930s Saint Louis, where schoolteacher Dotty is waiting for her lover to call. She waits. And waits. The play, which is being performed locally […]

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Keeping Emergencies Quiet/ No News Like Old News/ Justice Makes a Killing

By Michael Miner Keeping Emergencies Quiet The late Supreme Court justice William O. Douglas declared in 1965 that a right to privacy could be found in the “penumbras” of the Constitution. This distressed legal scholars who weren’t so sure the Constitution had penumbras, and reassured folk who didn’t care where our right to privacy was […]

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Fun with Despair

The Overcoat Lifeline Theatre By Adam Langer “As for me, I’m going back in the closet–where men are empty overcoats.” –Groucho Marx The overcoat–worn so thin it resembles cheesecloth–is hardly sufficient for the bone-numbing winters of Saint Petersburg. The laughingstock of the city, it’s the bane of Akaky Akakievich’s existence, a constant reminder of his […]

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European Union Film Festival

Now in its second week, the European Union Film Festival continues through Sunday, February 22, at the Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson. Screenings through Thursday, February 19, are listed below; admission is $6, $3 for Film Center members. For further information call 312-443-3737. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Festival At the center of this […]

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Curating Confusion

cruz.qxd To the Editor: For the record, the Museum of Contemporary Art has four full-time curators [Culture Club, February 6]. To suggest that I am the only full-time curator at the MCA and that all the others are part-timers is inaccurate and denies my colleagues the credit they so richly deserve. Amada Cruz Acting Chief […]

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Field & Street

Gulls and geese are dominating the bird news this winter. The gulls are getting noticed because of their rarity, the geese because of their abundance. Winter is the season for gull sightings around here. We can expect birds that nest along the shores of the North Atlantic or in the Canadian arctic to come south […]

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Rude Awakenings

The Strange Curious Theatre Branch Man to Man Rhino in Winter at the Lunar Cabaret By Justin Hayford It would be difficult to overestimate the importance of the Rhinoceros festivals to the Chicago performance scene. They don’t draw huge crowds, produce big hits, generate major revenue, or attract celebrities, the typical indicators in our culture […]

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Shopping Center of Controversy

gallag.qxd Your article “Sticking Point” [Neighborhood News, January 16] made it seem as if the Gateway Plaza shopping center emerged from a shrouded process that ignored the wishes of the Rogers Park community. Quite the opposite is true. There is tremendous support for Gateway, and there have been numerous opportunities for community input. Over the […]